ST. CLOUD, Minn. — St. Cloud State took down Minnesota despite being out shot 43-18 on a night the Huskies found a way to get it done and pull off the upset. SCSU got a huge performance from freshman goaltender Ryan Faragher who stopped 40 shots for the Huskies.
The Huskies jumped out to an early 1-0 lead at the 3:52 mark of the game when junior Ben Hanowski found the back of the net for his eighth goal on the season. Junior David Eddy set up Hanowski on the scoring play and was credited with the assist.
Minnesota came right back with a goal of their own at the 11:13 mark to tie the game up at 1-1. Scoring for the Gophers was Nick Bjugstad with assists coming from Jake Hansen and Nate Schmidt.
SCSU gained the lead back on the power play at the 17:20 mark of the first period giving the Huskies a 2-1 edge heading into the second period. It was Cam Reid scoring for the Huskies, his fourth of the season. Assists on the goal went to Hanowski and Nick Jensen.
Second period play proved to be all Huskies as they scored twice to jump out to a 4-1 lead. The first goal of the second period came from Nic Dowd, with assists going to Taylor Johnson and Eddy. For Dowd it was his fifth goal of the season. The second Husky goal of the second period and eventual game-winner came from senior Jared Festler during an SCSU power play. Hanowski and Eddy were credited with assists on the play, giving the two of them each a three-point night. It was Festler’s seventh goal on the season and 37th of his career.
The Gophers would make things interesting late in the game. A goal from Tom Serratore at the 14:59 mark of the third period cut the lead to 4-2. An assist went to Ben Marshall on the play. Less than two minutes later at the 16:52 mark of the period it was Kyle Rau scoring after being set up by Seth Helgeson and Bjugstad.
That would be all Minnesota would get though and the Huskies held on for the 4-3 victory.